I’ve written a lot about the influence of the media over young people’s behaviour, especially aggressive behaviour. Be it tv, video games, or the internet, what effect is this having on the next generation? A recent panorama program “Children’s Fight Club” looked at the effect of the growing trend of children who are bullying and fighting on the street recording it with their mobile phones and uploading it to youtube.
“The internet is without question one of the greatest inventions of our time. For the majority of users it’s a great source of information – the good by far out-weighing the bad. But the bad is becoming more and more of a concern” [quote]
Is this a case of children watching these videos and then imitating what they see?Â It could be but I’m not convinced.Â I don’t think that we can blame youtube for causing the violence that’s been seen here; but it can be for distributing and hosting the videos.Â I was concerned to see that even when some of these videos where brought to the attention of google (the company who own youtube) that they only decided that ‘some of them’ were inappropriate and violated their terms.
Your thoughts in the comments as always …